See inside Kinneil House this Saturday, March 21

internal2-arbourroom-kinneilhouse-rgb-300dpi (2)Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness opens its doors for free tours this Saturday, March 21, 2015.

The House – which boasts some of the best renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – will be open in the morning only from 10 a.m. to noon. (last admission 11.30 a.m.)

Neighbouring Kinneil Museum will also be open after a ground-floor revamp.

The events have been organised to tie in with the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, which is also taking place in the town this weekend.

Right: The Arbour Room at Kinneil House in Bo’ness.



  • Free morning tours
  • Cinema exhibition
  • Pop-up photo booth
  • Free cinema guidebooks (subject to availability)
  • Last admission 11.30 a.m. on March 21, 2015

Kinneil House, in Kinneil Estate, was once home to the Dukes of Hamilton and has connections to James Watt and Mary, Queen of Scots.

On March 21 visitors will be able to tour the painted rooms and see a temporary exhibition on historic cinemas in the area. “Now Showing” was developed by Falkirk Community Trust. This exhibition charts the rise, fall and resurgence of local cinemas drawing on oral histories, photos and artefacts. There will also a pop-up photo area, allowing you to dress up as a Hollywood star and get your picture taken.

Volunteer guides from The Friends of Kinneil charity will also be giving away copies of a “Spotlight on Scotland’s Cinemas” – a booklet produced by Historic Scotland, which includes the local Hippodrome cinema.

Postcards and guide books will also be on sale.

The House will only be open from 10 a.m. to noon on March 21, 2015. Seven other open events – with mostly afternoon openings – have been planned for 2015. Dates here.

Please note the House is A-listed and dates back to the 15th century. As such it features stairs and steps and may not be suitable for some visitors with walking difficulties.

For maps and directions, click here


10982308_822148791155824_6795460939402586405_nKINNEIL MUSEUM

  • Re-opening after ground floor revamp
  • Features new displays
  • Retail area, drinks, plus accessible toilet and baby changing facilities

Kinneil Museum (pictured) will re-open this weekend after a ground floor refurbishment.

The new display will tell a story about Bo’ness town, presenting those features which have determined the changing character of the town over the centuries: the Romans, coal, the sea, pit props, pottery, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco architecture, cinema and ‘The Best Day of the Year’ – the Bo’ness Fair.

The project, led by Falkirk Community Trust, has been made possible by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, and has received significant contributions from The Friends of Kinneil. Come along from March 21 and give your views on the new look.

To tie in with the special house open day on March 21, the Museum will open earlier at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. that day.

The normal opening times for the Museum are: Mondays to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum features a small retail area and also sells hot drinks. There’s also a fully accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. There’s ramped access for visitors with disabilities.

The museum is located in a small outbuilding a few minutes’ walk from Kinneil House.

For maps and directions, click here


unlockbonesscover1ALSO IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND





  • Parking at Kinneil Estate and around Bo’ness is free of charge.



  • If you have any queries, please email us: info@kinneil.org.uk
  • You’ll also find leaflets and lots of information in local shops and businesses.
  • Enjoy your visit.